Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

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Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

#1 Post by Christine Huang » August 13th, 2019, 10:41 am

We're headed to the region for a week in November. What are your favorite places to visit and eat? What should I book now and where can we wander?

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#2 Post by Dennis Atick » August 13th, 2019, 12:56 pm

Nice! Planning to do a nearly identical itinerary late Spring.
Will be following this thread!
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#3 Post by brigcampbell » August 13th, 2019, 4:18 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 10:41 am
We're headed to the region for a week in November. What are your favorite places to visit and eat? What should I book now and where can we wander?
Probably best to start with a search in the travel forum as there are numerous helpful threads for those places.

great times ahead!

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#4 Post by Christine Huang » August 13th, 2019, 5:49 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 10:41 am
We're headed to the region for a week in November. What are your favorite places to visit and eat? What should I book now and where can we wander?
Probably best to start with a search in the travel forum as there are numerous helpful threads for those places.

great times ahead!
Hi. I did. A lot of the recommendations are from 2+ years ago and are for places with kids. We’re ditching the kids [wink.gif] for this trip. I was wondering if there were some more recent recommendations people are willing to share.
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#5 Post by David K o l i n » August 13th, 2019, 7:48 pm

We were with the kids this summer, so no gastronomic palaces. We did have a wonderful lunch at Mirador de Ulia accompanied by a marvelous view of San Sebastián from the hill it is located on. Definitely lunch and definitely a window.

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#7 Post by Christine Huang » August 13th, 2019, 8:07 pm

David K o l i n wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 7:48 pm
We were with the kids this summer, so no gastronomic palaces. We did have a wonderful lunch at Mirador de Ulia accompanied by a marvelous view of San Sebastián from the hill it is located on. Definitely lunch and definitely a window.
Thanks David!

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#8 Post by Mark Cochard » August 15th, 2019, 11:10 am

Check out this guide, There are also guides for Bilbao and San Sebastian
http://www.maribelsguides.com/mg_larioja.pdf
https://www.maribelsguides.com/city-and ... al-guides/

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#9 Post by Barry L i p t o n » August 15th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Hi Christine

The dedicated San Sebastián thread has a recent detailed discussion of some of the 3*s, nothing about kids.

I was a little less enamored with Mirador del Ullia. Good to be sure, but while my app was stunning (tear peas and scallops), my main was foam over substance.

Casa Urola was a great traditional meal. The percebes weren’t tops but everything else was, including a sole that I preferred to the turbot from Elkano’s chef that I had at a food award dinner (of course might have been better at the restaurant).

For wine, Rekondo is stunning, and unlike other of the worlds top lists, lots a values there. Muga Prado Enea 1985 was fabulous and only a tad over 100 euros. Other bargains in the more premium price ranges as well. Food was straightforward but good.

I had to take a break, so couldn’t make my dinner at Kokotxa or lunch at Ibai, but I was sad to miss them. I’ve heard fabulous things about them so I’ll be going back!
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#10 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » August 16th, 2019, 12:08 pm

I spent a weekend in Rioja last fall - I posted in an existing thread (about visiting Rioja) about the wineries we visited.

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=137810&hilit=rioja

We also did a pintxos crawl in Logrono, where we stayed.

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#11 Post by Joe Dulworth » August 16th, 2019, 12:39 pm

I just got back mid-July from a two week trip to Rioja, San Sebastian, Priorat and Barcelona. Limiting it to Rioja and San Sebastian:

Hotels
San Sebastian - 1) Hotel Maria Cristina or 2) Hotel Londres y Inglaterra
Logrono - Hotel Calle Mayor

Restaurants
San Sebastian - La Muralla, Pizzeria La Mina, Bar Iturrioz, La Espiga, Bar Antonio, Biarritz.
Logrono - Tapas Crawl (two areas), Gastronomica at Riscal, Asador Jose Mari (while out tasting).

I have tons of other recommendations but they were only suggestions so we could pick and choose last minute. Let me know if you want to see those which I can cut and paste easily. Also if you have any questions on what I posted that I did do in person.

NOTE:

Hotel Calle Mayor we got a MAYOR DELUXE room which would be plenty of room for the entire family. Two balconies. Walk in shower. Separate toilet with bidet. Etc... I visited other rooms and ours was easily the largest of the group. Near the river and right between the old and new tapas crawl areas.

Hotel Maria Cristina is the nicest place to stay in San Sebastian but it is a bit pricey. We stayed at Hotel Londres y Inglaterra (friends stayed at Maria Cristina) and I upgraded to a Junior Suite with Sea View and I got two room suite with private bedroom, fully updated large bath, good sized living room (we had 12 in there at one time watching world cup on TV while drinking wine), office nook and two balconies with sweeping views of the beach and water. All for roughly one third of the price the Maria Cristina. Old World charm with updates.
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#12 Post by John Osburn » August 16th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Visited SS in May for 5 days, did almost exclusively pintxos. We enjoyed the below especially, with San Telmo and La Vina being pretty much outstanding across the board.

Bar Nestor - tortilla (get on the list); large grilled steak with tomatoes and peppers
Atari/Sirimiri – cocktails; octopus; jamon; always hopping
La Cuchara de San Telmo – lots of good things - shellfish (razor clams esp.); kokotxas; foie
Casa Urola - mushroom and cheese tart
Hidalgo 56 – lots of good things, volcan de morcilla; foie
La Vina - torta de queso; cream cheese cone with anchovy; egg dishes
Txepetxa - anchovies
A Fuego Negro – Kobe burger; foie
Café Sport – foie

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#13 Post by Barry L i p t o n » August 16th, 2019, 1:50 pm

Just to add Casa Urola is both a great tapas place (downstairs) and a great restaurant (upstairs). If you do a pintxos crawl, choose your timing carefully. The popular places were three deep at the bar during Saturday afternoon and almost as bad prime dining time on a Tuesday (both in May). It put me off the experience even though the tapas were great.

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